Director, Small Business and Technology Development Center

School of Business

Director, Small Business & Technology Development Center

ASBTDC Regional Office - HSU Hot Springs Landmark Building


The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) is part of a national network of more than 1,000 small business development center offices that provide consulting, research, and training services to existing and potential business owners. The SBDC network is the largest small business assistance program in the United States and is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The ASBTDC at Henderson State University (HSU) operates as a regional office of the program and is funded through a partnership with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Business and the Henderson State University School of Business. 

The ASBTDC at HSU assists potential or existing for-profit small businesses in the following counties: Clark, Dallas, Garland, Grant, Hot Spring, Howard, Montgomery, Pike, Polk, and Sevier. ASBTDC assists entrepreneurs in all industries and at every stage of development and its clients generate significant economic impact.

The Regional Director is responsible for the administration and supervision of all aspects of regional center operations, delivery of consulting services, implementation of network strategic initiatives, and achievement of project milestones. The Director works closely with the Arkansas SBTDC State Director and other lead center staff; various administration, faculty and staff of the local host institution; federal, state and local business assistance and economic development programs and the private sector.


Job Duties and Responsibilities:   


The Director of the Small Business & Technology Development Center shall:


Delivery of services to clients (50%) this will include:


  • Achieve SBTDC goals in the areas of outcomes (economic impact), quantity (number of clients, hours of counseling, training sessions, etc.), quality, stakeholder relations and revenue generation;
  • Counsel and coach entrepreneurs and companies in starting, growing and operating businesses that result in business economic and societal outcomes (i.e., increased sales, jobs created and saved, business capitalization, etc.)
  • Document impact of work with business clients and training attendees through data entry and client files;
  • Communicate and promote economic and societal impacts to key stakeholders, councils, administrators, and targeted decision makers;


Regional office management, staff supervision, budget administration, grant and contract administration (20%)


  • Prepare and manage SBTDC and HSU budget accounts;
  • Prepare and request quarterly reimbursements;
  • Prepare semi-annual and annual reports;
  • Work with appropriate HSU personnel to identify potential funding sources and participate in proposal/application development;
  • Work in a team environment as part of the Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Centers in coordinating, delivering and evaluating business development programs;
  • Develop and execute a Center annual plan of work aligned with local, regional and state objectives of the business development program;
  • Stay current on business and SBTDC program trends through professional development training, and conference attendance;


Developing cooperative working relationships in the regional office territory and collaborating to serve small businesses (15%)


  • Develop coalitions and partnerships with colleagues, individuals, and organizations to enhance programming success;
  • Work with the School of Business, and community and business stakeholders to coordinate and deliver sustainable products and services for individuals, entrepreneurs, and businesses;
  • Ensure compliance with grant, contract, and other requirements, and maintain fiscal accountability for the HSU SBTDC;
  • Conduct periodic needs assessments with local and regional stakeholders;
  • Create SBTDC Advisory Committee and other partner groups to discuss area needs and impact of business services offered;
  • Assist college administration with short and long-range department planning;


Oversee the implementation of events and promotion of the program (15%)


  • Establish and maintain SBTDC promotional materials and coordinate public relations announcements with Executive Director of Marketing and Communications;
  • Attend and participate in HSU meetings, advisory committees, and training;


Required Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with significant course work in business, marketing, communications, public administration, OR Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with experience as a small business owner
  • Direct experience with business planning, marketing and financial management including ability to understand and analyze financial statements
  • Computer software proficiency including Microsoft Office
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills


Desired Qualifications:


  • MBA from an AACSB accredited college
  • Experience as a small business owner
  • Experience preparing loan proposals for financial institutions.


Special Requirements:


  • Employee must have own transportation, be in possession of a valid Arkansas driver’s license upon hire, maintain a valid Arkansas driver’s license, and be able to be insured under the University’s auto insurance policy


Application: Send letter of application, resume, unofficial transcripts and three reference letters (with addresses and telephone). The successful candidate will be required to provide official transcripts. Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2018. Digital applications should be directed to:


Mrs. Leah Hasley, Search Committee Chair

Henderson State University

Box 7624, 1100 Henderson Street

Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001  


The final applicant for this position will be required to submit to a background screening including a criminal and financial background check pursuant to university policy. The successful candidate must possess a driving record that is acceptable to the university’s insurance provider and that allows for the candidate to be approved as a university driver.